DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March against the criminalisation of abortion

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March against the criminalisation of abortion

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 13, 2018

On 15 July, hundreds (one report said thousands) of people from more than 100 social and political organisations participated in the “March for Life, Health and Dignity of Dominican Women”, which called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country on three grounds: when the life of the woman is at risk, in cases of rape or incest, and when the fetus is not viable.

The march went from the Dominican Medical College to the National Congress. Placards carried messages such as: “The rich abort, the poor die”, “The sins according to a religion do not have to be crimes for the nation” and “#Abortion3Grounds: the life, health and dignity of women”. There were also demands that legislators “fulfill their role as representatives of the will of the Dominican people, who have pronounced themselves in favour of the three grounds by a large majority.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/dominican-republic-march-against-the-criminalisation-of-abortion

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They Lost Argentina’s Abortion Vote, but Advocates Started a Movement

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They Lost Argentina’s Abortion Vote, but Advocates Started a Movement

By Daniel Politi and Ernesto Londoño
Aug. 9, 2018

BUENOS AIRES — They narrowly lost the vote. But as supporters of a bill to legalize abortion in Argentina began to shake off a stinging defeat in the Senate on Thursday, they took consolation in having galvanized a reproductive-rights movement across Latin America and began to consider how to redirect their activism.

A coalition of young female lawmakers who stunned the political establishment by putting abortion rights at the top of the legislative agenda this year seemed to be on the verge of a historic victory with the bill. But intense lobbying by Catholic Church leaders and staunch opposition in conservative northern provinces persuaded enough senators to vote against it.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/world/americas/argentina-abortion-laws-south-america.html

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Argentina’s Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion

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Argentina's Senate rejects proposed bill to legalize abortion

By Eliza Mackintosh and Euan McKirdy, CNN
Thu August 9, 2018

(CNN)Argentina's Senate voted against legalizing elective abortion in the early hours of Thursday morning, dashing the hopes of abortion rights advocates in the predominantly Catholic country, homeland of Pope Francis.

The Senate rejected the proposed bill 38 to 31, with two abstentions and one absentee.

The bill, which fueled contentious debate, would have expanded abortion rights to allow women to end a pregnancy in the first 14 weeks. Current laws allow the procedure only in cases of rape or when the mother's health is at risk.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/09/americas/argentina-abortion-vote-intl/index.html

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Argentina’s abortion campaigners brace for crucial vote

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Argentina's abortion campaigners brace for crucial vote
Legislators to decide whether to legalise abortion amid fiercely polarised campaigns for and against the proposed bill.

Aug 8, 2018

Argentina's legislators are due to vote on whether to legalise abortion amid fiercely polarised campaigns for and against the proposed bill.

Tuesday's vote comes a week after the Senate approved the text for the bill that was originally passed by Congress' lower house in June by the narrowest of margins.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/argentina-abortion-campaigners-braced-crucial-vote-180808135404309.html

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No going back: The two sides in Argentina’s abortion debate

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No going back: The two sides in Argentina's abortion debate

By Katy Watson, BBC South America correspondent, Buenos Aires
7 August 2018

It is the middle of winter in Buenos Aires, but a spring-like green has blossomed in the city in recent months.

Everywhere you go, you see women wearing emerald pañuelos (bandanas) around their necks, wrapped around their wrists, or tied to their bags.

The bandanas are the symbol of the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion which started in 2005.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-45096704

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Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work

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Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work
We hear the harrowing stories of women championing reproductive rights in Argentina as a crucial vote takes place

7 August 2018
Text Elizabeth Sulis Kim
Photography Michael Vince Kim

Tomorrow (August 8), the Argentine Senate will vote on an abortion bill that was narrowly passed by the Chamber of Deputies in June. If passed, it would allow women to have a legal abortion up until the 14th week of pregnancy.

Sex workers in Argentina’s capital have expressed solidarity with the pro-choice movement, which they say aligns with their own wish for body autonomy and integrity.

Continued: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/40917/1/argentina-buenos-aires-sex-workers-abortion-law-vote

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Triple stabbing at Chile abortion rights rally sparks outcry

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Triple stabbing at Chile abortion rights rally sparks outcry
Demonstrators suspect anti-abortion activists after three women attacked by masked assailants

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Human rights activists in Chile have expressed shock and concern after masked attackers stabbed three women at a protest in favour of free and legal abortion.

One of the women was wounded in the stomach and two others in the legs during a march in the country’s capital, Santiago, on Wednesday. Their injuries were not described as life-threatening. A policeman was also hurt in the incident.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/29/chile-abortion-rights-rally-attack-stabbing

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How the handmaid became an international protest symbol

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How the handmaid became an international protest symbol

By Chris Bell BBC News
27 July 2018

Dozens of women march in silence through a rainy cityscape. Heads bowed, dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets, it looks like a scene from Gilead, the theocratic patriarchy Margaret Atwood created in dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale.

But this is Buenos Aires. It is Wednesday, and the women involved are calling for abortion to be decriminalised in a country where complications arising from illegal abortion are a leading cause of maternal death.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-44965210

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New Zealand – Both sides of abortion debate meet at Parliament

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Both sides of abortion debate meet at Parliament
25 Jul, 2018

Both sides of the abortion debate met on Parliament's front lawn today in an orderly demonstration of free speech.

The Voice for Life pro-life group laid out 13,285 pairs of baby booties on the lawn to represent the number of foetuses aborted in 2017.

Voice for Life national president Jacqui de Ruiter said the group decided to create the graphic display following the release of the latest abortion figures to illustrate how many potential lives were lost through abortion.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12095065

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Chileans March En Masse To Expand Legal Abortion Rights

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Chileans March En Masse To Expand Legal Abortion Rights

Published 25 July 2018

Thousands of Chileans are marching in Santiago demanding the right to safe, free and legal abortions, and carrying green bandanas the same as campaigners in Argentina.

Around 40,000 abortion rights activists are taking to the streets of Santiago and several other Chilean cities to demand free, safe and legal abortions.

Activists are out in support of the abortion bill introduced to Congress on Wednesday by legislature Guido Girardi, member of the opposition Party For Democracy. Girardi said as he presented the measure he wants "to open a debate in Chile, a conversation, a democratic process, a space for the vindication of rights and autonomy."

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Chileans-March-En-Masse-To-Expand-Legal-Abortion-Rights-20180725-0031.html

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